Cuyahoga County families offered help with food, supplies, housing during coronavirus crisis –

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Families with low to moderate incomes may be eligible for help getting food, household supplies, personal-care items and housing through Cuyahoga County Job and Family Services, the county announced Friday.

Vouchers for the food and supplies are available through the Prevention, Retention, and Contingency program, which received $1.7 million in emergency aid related to the coronavirus crisis from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

The vouchers can be used at local businesses that sell essential products. Dave’s Supermarkets, Marc’s, and Save A Lot have already committed to accepting the vouchers, according to a county news release. The county is asking other local retailers to do the same.

Housing vouchers are distributed directly to landlords.

Families eligible for the program must include a child, or someone who is pregnant, and must reside in the county. Non-custodial parents are also eligible if their child receives assistance through Medicaid, Ohio Works First, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

A family’s gross monthly income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. Citizenship status and liquid assets are also considered, the county said.

The amount of food assistance provided is based on the number of household members. The maximum amount provided for cleaning and personal-care supplies is $200; the maximum amount for housing is $750.

Applications can be downloaded from the county website and emailed to [email protected] or faxed to 216-987-8655. Phone applications can be made at 216-987-7392 (Leave a message and allow 48 hours for a response.)

Applications can also be picked up and submitted at Neighborhood Service Center drop boxes at: the Virgil E. Brown building at 1641 Payne Avenue; Old Brooklyn center at 4261 Fulton Parkway; Quincy Place center at 8111 Quincy Avenue; Westshore Opportunity Center at 9830 Lorain Avenue.

More information can be found on the county’s website.

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